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Opinions/reflections 2017 



Reclaiming your virtual self
How can we use the web, social media and our smartphones in a way that’s aligned with our faith? By Guy Brandon

Pride disguised as humility? 
It is right and good to pray for ourselves; but those prayers should not be selfish. How that can be? By Colin Sedgwick

A reflection on Baptists and leadership 
The term leadership can split opinion among Baptists, but wholesome leadership is both biblical and vital in enabling others to thrive. By Nigel Wright

Nothing left but the screen
How do we break into the hollowed-out lives of those in the hidden places of our communities, whose only company is the television? By Michael Manning

Why do pastors burn out?
When leading a church becomes principally about numerical growth and legacy, it’s no wonder church leaders struggle. There is another road. By Joe Haward

The most powerful thing you can do for POTUS 
Donald Trump will need the prayers of the church if he is going to have any measure of success in leading the nation. By Frank Lewis

Multi-ethnic Churches: a gospel imperative
God has demonstrated that His Gospel brings an end to whatever divides us - multi-ethnic churches are essential in a post-Brexit world. By Israel Olofinjana

Loitering with intent 
Jesus offers really only one strategy for mission.... and it is this, writes Michael Shaw 


Leadership in smaller churches 
There are many encouragements amid the challenges of leading smaller churches, including growing network support. By Hilary Taylor

Looking down on other people
By what right does any Christian presume to pass serious judgement on someone else?

Sage on the stage, or guide on the side?
The enabling leader: giving people the tools to face their problems is a leadership that encourages congregations to develop their giftings

A reflection on prayerfulness
Is prayer the same as prayerfulness? As mindfulness? Or … do you pray like the Simpsons?

An urgent call for the confessing church
Amid rising racism and hate mongering in a turbulent world, the Church needs to rise up and confess Christ

Effective multicultural leadership teams 
Understanding the four areas where misunderstandings can occur when people of differing cultural backgrounds work together

10 years on: The Journey continues 
Increasing the number of Black and minority ethnic (BME) ministers and leaders remains a challenge for Baptists


Plain sailing - or sinking?
Comparing our spiritual lives to a boat - where are you on the sea of life?

Maybe it isn’t disabled people who need healing 
What if we all get to heaven and realise disabled people were healed all along? Rachel Wright shares a modern day parable

Where there's nowhere to hide
How smaller churches can open a door to leadership opportunities (even in partnership with larger ones)

Questions we’re afraid to ask about the Bible
Have you noticed in church when we have an Old Testament reading, the reading always stops JUST before it gets gruesome?

Responding to hate - a reflection'
The hate of this man will not die with him if it still lives within us.' 

The thieves on the cross 
Who were they – and what lessons can we learn from them?

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